During the spring, the Hanhikivi 1 project participants have continued design work and the preparation of licensing material remotely. The works at the construction site on the Hanhikivi peninsula mainly proceeded normally. Preparations for the NPP's construction phase took a step forward as the construction of the administration building began in June. The new CEO started his work at Fennovoima in early June.
Fennovoima's employees spent their spring and early summer working remotely. Following the coronavirus outbreak, Fennovoima's and plant supplier RAOS Project's employees successfully switched to remote work. Design work and review of design documentation continued from home and only with limited office work. The minimum staff required by the construction activities was maintained at the construction site. Regardless of COVID-19 restrictions, the project progressed along the right route throughout the spring.
The new situation also brought new ways of working. In April, the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) performed the first RKT inspection for Fennovoima remotely. Later in April, STUK conducted the first international remote inspection to inspect the operations of the plant supplier RAOS Project. In Japan, at the Japan Steel Works factory, technical inspections related to the manufacture of the turbine-generator rotor were monitored by local experts on behalf of Fennovoima.
Design and licensing work
At present, Fennovoima's operations focus primarily on review of the buildings design. The target is to complete the basic design of safety-related buildings and structures during this year. From the beginning of the year, the focus of the design work was on reviewing the first stage of the system descriptions, which has now been mostly completed. Read more about staged approach.
During the spring, Fennovoima submitted new batches of documents for the Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) to STUK. The first batch was delivered in December last year and the second batch in April this year. The second batch included the description of the plant area and analyses related to its safety. In June, Fennovoima submitted the third batch, which contains the first descriptions of the main safety systems.
During the first half of the year, most of the significant design issues related to plant safety have been resolved. The site layout was confirmed with the plant supplier so that detailed excavation design could be started.
The design of the I&C has begun. Fennovoima, together with the plant supplier, is now aiming to ensure that automation design proceeds at the pace required by basic design and licensing.
Fennovoima's goal is to obtain the Construction License in 2021 and start the commercial operation of the power plant in 2028.
Hanhikivi 1 construction site
Despite the COVID-19 situation, works on the Hanhikivi 1 site continued normally. In May, dredging and hydraulic works took place at the site. The construction of longitudinal dams and breakwaters is completed. In the plant supplier's scope, construction work continued on the reinforcement workshop, canteen building, anti-corrosion treatment plant, and turbine component storage area. Crushing of rock excavated from the Hanhikivi peninsula also started. As part of the preparations for future phases, the district heating network's construction at the site began.
At the beginning of June, Fennovoima started the construction of the administration building. The works will be carried out by Lehto Tilat Oy (a subsidiary of the Lehto Group). The administration building will contain modern office spaces for about 300 people, meeting rooms, a staff restaurant, and a training wing. The administration building is the most significant individual building under Fennovoima's scope of works. Read more in the press-release.
During the spring, about 200 people worked on the construction site on any given day. At the end of June, there were 88 days at the site without Lost Time Accidents. The Sitemanager system includes over 650 companies, of which 590 are Finnish. 3,200 people have passed the site access training.
In the Hanhikivi peninsula, fishery monitoring following water permits continued in the spring. Besides, Fennovoima monitored the environment focusing on e.g., moor frogs, primula nutans, and yellow iris in the area. During the summer, an environmental radiation monitoring network will be built in the Pyhäjoki and Raahe areas, consisting of about ten radiation measurement stations.
Personnel and organization
Joachim Specht, who was nominated as the company's new CEO in February, started his work on June 1, 2020. Specht joined Fennovoima from PreussenElektra (former E.ON Kernkraft), where he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Nuclear Engineering and Consultancy.
The second recruitment wave of the year started in June. This time, the company has 22 new open positions for experts in various technical fields. Vacancies can be found on the website, careers section. At the moment, over 400 employees work in Fennovoima, of whom about 70 work in Pyhäjoki.
Fennovoima will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and update the guidelines following both the virus situation and the authorities' instructions. Together with the plant supplier, the company holds regular meetings related to the corona epidemic to map and minimize its impact. The additional measures relate to the areas requiring high processing and data transfer capacity, as these tasks are more difficult to perform remotely.